Today’s quote comes from Anne McCaffrey, author of the Dragonriders of Pern series.
“James Blish told me I had the worst case of ‘said bookism’ (that is, using every word except said to indicate dialogue). He told me to limit the verbs to said, replied, asked, and answered and only when absolutely necessary.” – Anne McCaffrey
I’m afraid that I have a case of “said bookism” as well. If I’m not overusing and torturing the word “said” then I’m using words like “whispered,” “hissed,” “growled,” and “cackled” just to name a few. It’s something I’m working on improving.